As India continues to battle with the nation’s worst COVID-19 crisis, the biggest names in entertainment have joined forces for a half-hour primetime fundraising special, ET Canada
Presents: Help India, in support of the Humanitarian Coalition’s emergency response efforts. Airing Monday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m PT on Global, the special will showcase in-depth interviews and passionate discussions with some of Canada’s favourite celebrities, many of whom are personally impacted by India’s COVID-19 crisis, alongside an all-star lineup of allies showing their support during this devastating time.
“My heart breaks for all those affected by the humanitarian crisis happening in India. I knew we had to do something to help, and find a way to bring Canadians together to lend our support,” said ET Canada’s Sangita Patel. “We are so grateful for all of the talented artists who are lending their voices to this special, helping us raise funds for those suffering in India right now.”
ET Canada Presents: Help India opens with entertainment reporter Sangita Patel and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sitting down for a discussion on the global COVID-19 pandemic and how Canadians can lend their support. The special will also include interviews with a number of Canadian and international celebrities including comedian Russell Peters, award-winning actress Mindy Kaling, Canadian actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, (Never Have I Ever), award-winning musician and actor Nick Jonas, Canadian actor Rizwan Manji (Schitt’s Creek), Indian film sensation Abhishek Bachchan, Canadian actress Sandy Sidhu (Nurses), television personality Anisha Ramakrishna (Family Karma), Toronto Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia, Canadian actress Lisa Ray and Canadian entrepreneur and author Arlene Dickinson (Dragons’ Den), Life & Purpose Coach and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jay Shetty and plant-based recipe developer and fitness & well-being enthusiast Radhi Devlukia-Shetty.
India’s fight against COVID-19 is far from over as it continues to register more new cases and new deaths each day than anywhere else in the world. Hospitals and funeral facilities remain overwhelmed, as the disease spreads rapidly from the cities to the rural areas, with limited access to testing and health care. Two recent cyclones are complicating prevention and treatment by forcing people out of their homes and into crowded shelters. Families have lost their livelihoods and are in need of food and emergency supplies.
“Canadians are generous in times of crisis, and they can make a difference by helping us provide urgently needed medical supplies, food and care to thousands of families affected by COVID-19 in India,” stated Richard Morgan, Executive Director of the Humanitarian Coalition. “Corus and ET Canada are playing an invaluable role in enabling Canadians to respond, and we are grateful for their leadership.”
With the help of some celebrity friends including LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Nick Jonas (singer/songwriter), Archie Panjabi (Departure, The Good Wife), Victor Garber and Jewel Staite
(Family Law), and Arisa Cox (Big Brother Canada), viewers will be encouraged to lend their support to the Humanitarian Coalition. All proceeds raised during ET Canada Presents: Help India will go towards supporting India’s healthcare system with oxygen, ventilators and medication, promoting COVID-19 vaccinations and safe hygiene practices, ensuring food security and basic survival for vulnerable families, and much more.
Canadians looking to donate can do so online at together.ca, by phone at 1.855.461.2154, and can donate $20 by texting TOGETHER to 45678.
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